Updated December 29th, 2023 at 19:04 IST
Jai Shri Ram: Inside pics of Ayodhya Dham Junction, Platform Ticket go viral ahead of inauguration
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has shared the inside pictures of the newly redeveloped railway station
Ayodhya: Ahead of the grand inauguration of the iconic state-of-the-art Ayodhya railway station, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has shared the inside pictures of the newly redeveloped railway station. He has also shared the platform ticket of the Ayodhya Dham Junction Railway Station in Ayodhya.
Ayodhya Junction transformed
Ayodhya is on the cusp of unveiling a transformed railway station that mirrors the architectural grandeur of the grand Ram Temple. Scheduled to be inaugurated on Saturday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the revamped Ayodhya Junction carries the essence of a sacred structure. The station, rechristened as Ayodhya Dham Junction stands adjacent to the older station building. Ayodhya district has two main railway stations -- Ayodhya Junction located in Ayodhya City and Ayodhya Cantt (earlier Faizabad Junction) in Faizabad City.
"Earlier, many passengers were getting confused between the two stations. Now, they will know that Ayodhya Dham station means the one near the holy Ayodhya city, and not get it mixed with the station (Ayodhya Cantt) on the Faizabad city side. The old board is expected to be changed very soon," Ayodhya Junction's Station Superintendent Vijay Kumar Choubey told PTI.
This redevelopment, overseen by RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited), showcases modern amenities within a structure that reveres tradition. An RITES official on the condition of anonymity described the station's architecture, citing its sandstone-clad colonnade, tall round pillars, and symbolic representations of Lord Ram. "The building's frontage has a colonnade having a concrete core with a cladding of sandstone, and on its side ends are tall round pillars, again having a cladding of sandstone to lend it a traditional look," he told PTI. "The frontage bears a resemblance to a royal 'mukut' atop, while a bow signifies Ayodhya's connection with Lord Ram," the official shared.
The station, equipped with contemporary facilities across its three floors, incorporates 'shikhar' style domes and 'chhatri-style' structures, reminiscent of Hindu temple architecture. Lamp posts adorned with bows and arrows further accentuate the station's temple-like appearance. The central hall boasts intricate stone inlay work while its roof, adorned with a "polycarbonate sheet," emanates a bluish hue. Measuring 144 meters in length, 44 meters in width, and 11.7 meters in height, the station emphasizes sustainability with rainwater harvesting, earning it a green building certification. The station's expansion aligns with the forthcoming grand consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, scheduled for January 22, anticipating a massive influx of devotees to the town.
Published December 29th, 2023 at 18:39 IST